Some years ago Arizona Public Service provided seed money to initiate the Utility Arborist Research Fund (UARF). The UARF research focuses exclusively on utility arboriculture and vegetation management issues.
PG&E has committed to matching donations made in 2016 and 2017 to the TREE Fund’s UARF at 50 cents on the dollar, with a maximum match of $125,000 per year.
I have previously stumped for research funding and suggested that if the UVM industry were to spend a very conservative ½ of a percent on research the information garnered would be positively amazing. That suggested spending in comparison to the average all industries research spending of 3.5%, is embarrassingly low. If you have ever considered allocating more to UVM research, PG&E has provided an incentive to do so now.
I applaud PG&E for their commitment to UVM research and offering you the opportunity to stretch your UVM research allocation by 50%.